These healthy 3 Ingredient no bake oatmeal cups need just five minutes to whip up, and are the perfect grab and go snack or lunch box treat! Using just three ingredients, this super simple, easy recipe is naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free and refined sugar free!
It’s amazing what a minor, irrelevant change can be made to a base recipe. A minor change which can easily alter someone’s perspective.
*cough* Niki *cough*
Whenever I’m back in Australia, I always ensure to make snacks for Niki. Not because I’m some saint of a brother, but because she’s the Queen B of guinea Pigs.
You see, in her
narrow mind, she seems to think her taste buds are superior. Many of my recipes have been critiqued to no end, with very few getting the seal of approval. Even on those rare occasions where she seems satisfied, she still throws the odd dig.
“Not enough chocolate chips.”
“Too many chocolate chips.”
“I wasn’t too hungry when I tried it.”
“It doesn’t pair well with watching the Real Housewives of Melbourne”.
IT DOESN’T PAIRS WELL WITH THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF MELBOURNE.
I’m sorry, would it have been more appropriate if I laced it in gold, served it with a side of shade, and with a Louboutin stiletto to boot?
The other week, I shared these granola cups with her, thinking she’d enjoy them- Nothing too fancy, but with some quality add-ins to keep her taste buds dancing. Unfortunately, that was too much for her, and she complained that the granola used it had too many nuts.
I was determined (I know, shame on me) to make an easy snack to pair well with the Real Housewives to suit her superior buds. I then decided to literally make one of her (only) favorite blog recipes into a different shape and voila- Instant seal of approval. My 3 Ingredient no bake oatmeal bars now took a better (and easier!) shape- Cup form!
BOOM. SNAP. CRACKLE. POP. SHADE.
These healthy 3 ingredient no bake oatmeal cups are easy, delicious and take less than 5 minutes to set and forget! They are perfect to snack on, pair with some eggs for breakfast, or to add some fun to your lunch box- Back to school kiddos or back to work adults- It doesn’t discriminate! It’s also pretty customizable too, and suitable for those following a gluten free, vegan, dairy free and can be made allergen friendly too!
You start with your gluten free rolled oats and then pick a sticky sweetener and nut butter and voila- Snack time sorted.
For the sticky sweetener, I typically use brown rice syrup, as it isn’t too sweet AND it helps keep things together much better than other sweeteners. Saying that, I also love using pure maple syrup, agave, and on some occasions, pure manuka honey (it will no longer be strictly vegan if you opt for this). if you don’t use brown rice syrup, you’ll want to add an extra tablespoon of sweetener, as brown rice syrup is SUPER STICKY.
Like, the kind where it would be funny to ‘accidentally’ spill on Niki’s head.
As for the nut butter, I find drippy almond butter to be best. However, it totally works with peanut butter or cashew butter. For my friends allergic to nuts, try it with soy nut butter or my favorite sunflower seed butter. I prefer the slightly sweetened version, as I’ve found the unsweetened kind to be a little bitter.
HACK! Unlike most of my other ‘cup’ recipes, I recommend refrigerating them for a while to firm up. These? I’ve actually found they have a chewier and softer texture when left at room temperature to set. Adjust according to your preference.
Make these healthy 3 Ingredient No Bake Oatmeal Cups and if you think your taste buds are on point, think again.
Niki > the world.
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats (can sub for quick oats or jumbo rolled oats)
- 1/2 cup nut butter of choice (I used drippy almond butter)
- 1/2 cup brown rice syrup (can sub for pure maple syrup or agave)*
- Chocolate chips/add ins, to top (optional)
- Line a 12 count muffin tray with 8 -12 muffin tins/paper cups and set aside. (Use 12 for smaller cups, 8 for large cups).
- In a large mixing bowl, add your rolled oats and set aside.
- Stovetop or in the microwave, melt your nut butter with your brown rice syrup (or maple syrup/agave) until combined. Pour over the oatmeal and mix until fully incorporated.
- Divide evenly amongst the muffin tins/cups and top with optional add ins. Allow to set at room temperature or for quicker setting, refrigerate for 20 minutes or so.
- * If you use agave or pure maple syrup, you may need to add an extra tablespoon
- These can be kept covered at room temperature for up to 5 days or refrigerated for up to two weeks. These cup are freezer friendly too.
Does shape of a food play a big role? Cookies trump bars. Always.
Do you have extremely picky taste buds?